Friday, December 9, 2011
Book Review: When We Were Strangers
But it is also heartbreaking.
I tell you now. The main character does not die.
But that's all I'll say about that. Except that this is a fairly quick read about an young Italian woman immigrating to America on her own in the 1890's.
I have great-grandparents that made similar journeys at a similar time, so this story appealed to me from the outset. Maybe you have relatives that made similar journeys, maybe not.
But I do not recommend this book for the faint-hearted.... Lots of serious crimes are committed, both by the main character and to the main character, but not all of them are really terrible.
There is also a lot of good in the book, major themes are family, friendship, helping the poor, and self improvement.
If I was in a book club I'd really enjoy discussing this book, so someone go read it and then talk to me about it :p